Saturday, November 28, 2015
SECRETARY GENERAL AND ALL GENERAL SECRETARIES OF NFPE & AIPEU GDS (NFPE) WILL SIT ON TWO DAYS HUNGER FAST INFRONT OF DAK BHAWAN, NEW DELHI ON 1st & 2nd DECEMBER 2015.
ONE DAY MASS HUNGER FAST IN FRONT OF ALL CPMG / PMG & DIVISIONAL OFFICES ON 11th DECEMBER 2015.
TO EXPRESS OUR ANGER, RESENTMENT AND STRONG PROTEST AGAINST THE REJECTION OF THE LEGITIMATE DEMANDS OF THREE LAKHS GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS BY THE NDA GOVT.
The Federal Secretariat of NFPE held at NFPE Office, New Delhi on 26-11-2015, reviewed the whole situation prevailing among the postal employees in general and the Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) in particular after the submission of the 7th Central Pay Commission Report to the Govt and also after the appointment of a separate committee for GDS by the Govt, headed by a retired Postal Board Member as Chairman.
The Federal Secretariat further reviewed the proposed two days strike call given by NFPE and AIPEU GDS (NFPE) for realization of the legitimate demands of the Gramin Dak Sevaks, which include bringing the GDS also under the purview of 7thCPC treating them as Civil Servants.
The main demand of NFPE and AIPEU GDS (NFPE) in the charter of demands submitted to Govt and Postal Board is “inclusion of GDS under the purview of 7th CPC”. NFPE organized series of agitational programmes for the GDS demands including dharnas, hunger fast, GDS Parliament March, Parliament March under the banner of Postal JCA (NFPE & FNPO), one day strike on 12th December 2012 and 48 hours strike on 12th & 13th February 2014. Due to our agitational programmes the Postal Board was compelled to submit the proposal for inclusion of GDS under 7th CPC to Finance Ministry with favourable recommendations. But the Finance Ministry rejected the proposal three times and it is in this background NFPE & AIPEU GDS (NFPE) decided to go for two days strike on December 1st & 2nd demanding the Govt to include GDS under the 7th Pay Commission.
Even though the Govt refused to include the GDS under the 7th CPC, the 7th CPC has suo moto examined the main demand of the GDS ie., treating them as Civil Servants and extending them all the benefits of the departmental employees, ofcourse proportionately. It is most unfortunate that the Pay Commission headed by a retired Supreme Court Justice as Chairman, has considered our demand and categorically stated that Gramin Dak Sevaks are holders of Civil Posts but outside the regular civil service and hence can not be treated at par with other civilian employees. After this observation of the Seventh CPC even if the GDS are included in the 7th CPC they are not going to get a fair deal. This has compelled us to modify the demand placed by us before the Govt in the charter of demands.
NFPE, from the very beginning has opposed the appointment of an Officer Committee for GDS and NFPE & AIPEU GDS (NFPE) has tried their best to prevent appointment of an Officer Committee and compelled the department to make effort for inclusion of GDS under 7th CPC itself. But now NDA Govt rejected our demand and has unilaterally appointed GDS Committee with a retired Postal Board Member as Chairman and cheated three lakh GDS employees. From our past experiences we know that the retired officers of the Postal Department will never do justice to the Gramin Dak Sevaks.
In view of the fact that 7th CPC has rejected our demand for Civil Servant status and also the Govt has unilaterally imposed the officer committee on GDS, the Federal Secretariat felt that it is not appropriate to go for an immediate strike with the demands raised by us in the charter of demands, i.e., inclusion of GDS under 7th CPC. Now GDS can get justice only if NDA Govt take a policy decision to regularize the services of GDS treating them as Civil Servants. Federal Secretariat is fully aware that we can not expect such a decision without the change in the policy of the Government towards GDS. To make a change in the policy decision of the Govt., a bigger mobilization and strike of all postal employees including GDS with the active support and solidarity of other central Govt employees under the banner of Confederation of Central Govt Employees and workers and also the JCM National Council Staffside organizations is required.
The Federal Secretariat decided to explore all possibilities and wider consultations for such a united struggle. The Federal Secretariat felt that to pave way for wider consultations, the independent strike call of NFPE & AIPEU GDS (NFPE) need to be deferred and all likeminded organizations are to be brought under a common platform. Accordingly Federal Secretariat unanimously decided to defer the proposed two days strike scheduled to be held on 1st & 2nd December 2015.
The Secretary General and all General Secretaries of NFPE shall sit on two days hunger fast in front of Dak Bhawan, New Delhi on 1st & 2nd December 2015 expressing our strong protest to the Govt and also demanding regularization of Gramin Dak Sevaks by granting them civil servant status with all consequential benefits of regular employees.
The Federal Secretariat, while saluting the grass root level workers for their intensive campaign and preparation for the strike, calls upon them to organize one day hunger fast infront of all CPMG / PMG and Divisional Offices throughout the country on 11th December 2015 to ventilate our anger, resentment and strong protest against the callous and inhuman attitude of the NDA Govt towards three lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks who are the backbone of the Postal Department catering to the needs of the rural population of this country in postal sector.
Federal Executive of NFPE will meet shortly to review the situation and shall decide future course of action.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
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Monday, November 23, 2015
Trade unions furious over 7th Pay Commission report recommendations: Top 10 reasons why
While the 7th Pay Commission report recommendations have been a source of joy for hundreds of thousands of government employees, for the national trade unions linked to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Left, the hike has not been high enough and they have not kept quiet about it.
No.NC/JCM/2015 Dated: November 20, 2015
All Constituents of the
Sub: Meetings with the VII CPC and the Cabinet Secretary
Today I met the Chairman, VII CPC, Justice Shri Ashok Kumar Mathur, and expressed our anguish against retrograde recommendations of VII CPC, particularly reg. Minimum Wage, reduction in HRA and CCL, non-redressal of NPS, abolition of various allowances, examination of MACP benefit, etc. etc.
Tough he had given argument, but I told him about the anguish of all the constituents of the JCM(Staff Side), who feel that they have been betrayed by the VII CPC.
Comrades! I have also met the Cabinet Secretary, Shri P.K. Sinha, in the afternoon and handed him over a copy of the attached letter and requested him to convene meeting of the NC/JCM at an earliest as well as to intervene in the matters raised by the JCA in case of report of VII CPC at an earliest. The Cabinet Secretary has promised that he would try to fix the meeting at an earliest and also look into the points raised by the NC/JCM(Staff Side) for VII CPC.
With fraternal greetings!
GET READY FOR INDEFINITE STRIKE
JCM Staff Side (NJCA) calls upon all Central Government Employees to observer“BLACK DAY” by holding massive demonstration, wearing black badges, all over the country on 27th November 2015 to protest against the retrograde recommendations of the 7th CPC.
Friday, November 20, 2015
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
1st Floor, North Avenue PO, New Delhi – 110001
7th PAY COMMISSION REPORT
POSTAL EMPLOYEES – ALL DEMANDS REGARDING ENHANCED WAGES AND SERVICE CONDITIONS REJECTED
HOLD PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY
1. Commission is of the view that there is no justification of upgrading the pay of
(a) Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants
(b) Postal Assistant (SBCO)
(c) Postal Assistant (CO)
(d) Postman cadre & Mailguard.
(e) PO & RMS accountants
(f) Despatch Rider (MMS)
(g) Multi-Tasking Staff (MTS) including Foreign Post
(i) System Administrators (No separate cadre or pay)
(j) Marketing Executives (no separate cadre or Pay)
(l) Technical Supervisors (MMS) (in) Drivers
2. Gramin Dak Sevaks cannot be treated as Civil servants at par with Regular employees. As they are only holder of civil posts and not civilian employees, no recommendations with regard to GDS.
3. Recommended immediate merger of 33 Postal dispensaries in 10 Postal Circles with CGHS.
4. ADDITIONAL POST ALLOWANCE FOR POSTMAN
10% of Basic Pay if one shares the another Postmen duty. If it is shared by two Postmen, it will be 5% for both.
5. HOLIDAY MONETARY COMPENSATION
Supervisor, PA, Sorting Postman – Rs. 200/- per holiday.
MTS – Rs. 150/- per holiday
6. ADDITIONAL WORK ALLOWANCE
2% of the Basic Pay per month
10% of the Basic pay if period exceeds 45 days.
7. IP/ASP/SP SCALE UPGRADED
Commission has noted that the VI CPC had placed Inspector (Posts) at par with Inspector of CBDT/CBED. Subsequently the Inspector of CBDT/CBE were elevated to GP 4600. The Commission has further noted that the Inspector of Posts and Inspector of CBDT/CBED are recruited through the same combined graduate level examination. Therefore the commission recommended 4600 GP for IP and 4800 GP and 5400 GP for SPOs.
(R. N. Parashar)
7TH PAY COMMISSION REPORT SUBMITTED TO GOVERNMENT OF INDIA ON 19.11.2015
MOST DISAPPOINTING AND RETROGRADE RECOMMENDATIONS
WORST RECOMMENDATIONS EVER MADE BY ANY PREVIOUS PAY COMMISSION
ONLY 14.29% INCREASE IN PAY AFTER 10 YEARS
(EQUAL TO TWO DA INSTALLMENTS)!!!
50 LAKHS CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND DEFENCE PERSONNEL CHEATED & DECEIVED
HOLD PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY
NJCA LEADERS MEETING AT DELHI ON 20.11.2015 AT 11 AM, WILL DECIDE THE FUTURE COURSE OF ACTION
1. DATD OF EFFECT – 01.01.2016
JCM Staff Side demand – 01.01.2014 - Rejected
2. MINIMUM PAY – 18000
JCM (SS) demand – 26000 – Rejected
Dr. Aykroyd Formula of 15th Indian Labour Conference for calculation of Minimum wage distorted by 7th CPC to deny the eligible minimum pay.
3. FITMENT FORMULA – 2.57 TIMES
JCM (SS) demand – multiplication factor 3.7 (26000/7000)
4. FIXATION ON PROMOTION – NO CHANGE – ONLY ONE INCREMENT IN THE OLD SCALE
JCM (SS) demand – Minimum two increments fixation.
5. ANNUAL INCREMENT – 3% NO CHANGE
JCM (SS) demand – 5%
6. MODIFIED ASSURED CAREER PROGRESSION – NO CHANGE – 10, 20, 30
Conditions made more stringent. Bench mark “Very Good” required instead of “good”. Examination for MACP proposed. Hierarchial promotion restored.
JCM (SS) demand: Five promotion – 8,7,6,5,4 (30 years)
7. PAY BAND, GRADE PAY SYSTEM ABOLISHED
New Pension Structure called “Matrix based open ended pay structure” recommended. Total span of the scale 40 years.
JCM (SS) demand: Abolish pay band, Grade Pay system and open ended pay scales should be introduced.
8. MAXIMUM PAY INCREASE – 14.29%
JCM (SS) demand – Minimum 40% increase for all employees.
9. COMPARISON BETWEEN MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM PAY – 1:11.4 (18000 : 205400)
Demand of the JCM (SS) – 1:8
10. NUMBER OF PAY SCALES – NOT REDUCED - NO DELAYERING
JCM(SS) demand – pay scales with grade pay 1900, 2000, 4600, 8700 and the pay scale 75500-80000 to be abolished.
11. ALLOWANCES – NO IMPROVEMENT
Commission recommended abolition of 52 existing allowances such as Assisting Cashier Allowance, Cash Handling Allowance, Treasury Allowance, Handicapped Allowance, Risk Allowance, Savings Bank Allowance, Special compensatory (Hill Area) Allowance, Cycle Allowance, Family Planning Allowance etc.
12. HRA REDUCED TO 24%, 16% AND 8% FOR X, Y AND Z CITIES
JCM (SS) demand – Existing HRA of 30% (for X class cities with population 50 lakhs and above), 20% (for Y class cities with population of 5 lakhs to 50 lakhs) and 10% (for Z class cities with less than 5 lakhs population) may be increased to 60%, 40% and 20%.
13. DRIVERS – HIGHER PAY SCALE REJECTED
14. DA FORMULA – NO CHANGE
15. HBA – NO CHANGE – CEILING RAISED TO 25 LAKHS
16. CASUAL LEAVE – NO INCREASE
17. CHILD Care Leave
1st 365 days – Full pay (100%)
Next 365 days – 80% Pay only.
18. MATERNITY LEAVE – NO CHANGE -
19. LEAVE ENCASHMENT AT THE TIME OF RETIREMENT – NO INCREASE MAXIMUM 300 DAYS ONLY
Medical Insurance Scheme for serving and retired employees recommended.
21. TRANSPORT ALLOWANCE - NO HIKE - ONLY 125% MERGER
Higher Transport Allowance cities (A, AI)
9 and above
7200 + DA
3600 + DA
3 to 8
3600 + DA
1800 + DA
1 and 2
1350 + DA
900 + DA
22. LEAVE TRAVEL CONCESSION (LTC) – NO CHANGE
One time LTC to Foreign Country during the service rejected. Splitting of Home Town LTC for employees Posted in North East, Laddakh, Andaman & Nicobars and Lakshdweep allowed.
23. ACCOUNTS STAFF BELONGING TO UNORGANIZED ACCOUNTS – PARITY WITH ORGANISED ACCOUNTS REJECTED.
24. PERIODICAL REVIEW OF WAGES (NOT TEN YEARS) RECOMMENDED. NO PAY COMMISSION REQUIRED
25. PERFORMANCE RELATED PAY SHOULD BE INTRODUCED IN GOVERNMENT SERVICES AND ALL BONUS PAYMENT SHOULD BE LINKED TO PRODUCTIVITY.
JCM (SS) demand – No Performance related Pay. Productivity Linked Bonus for all.
26. COMPULSORY RETIREMENT AND EFFICIENCY BAR REINTRODUCED
Failure to get required bench MarK for promotion within the first 20 years of service will result in stoppage of increment. Such employees who have out lived their ability, their services need not be continued and the continuance of such persons in the service should be discouraged.
27. PROMOTEE AND DIRECT RECRUITS – ENTRY LEVEL PAY ANOMALY IS REMOVED
JCM (SS) demand – the differential entry pay between new recruits and promoted employees should be done away with.
28. CADRE REVIEW TO BE COMPLETED IN A TIME BOUND MANNER.
Commission recommended to hasten the process of cadre review and reduced the time taken in inter-ministerial consultations.
29. NEW PENSION SCHEME – WILL CONTINUE
30. CEA & HOSTEL SUBSIDY
CEA per month 2250 - 25% increase when DA crosses 50%
Hostel subsidy 6750 –25% increase when DA crosses 50%
31. GROUP INSURANCE SCHEME
Level Monthly Contribution Insurance Amount
1 to 5 1500 15 Lakhs
6 to 9 2500 25 lakhs
10 and above 5000 50 lakhs
32. PENSIONERS – PARITY – LONG STANDING DEMAND OF THE PENSIONERS ACCEPTED
Commission recommends a revised Pension Formulation for Civil employees and Defence Personnel who have retired before 01.01.2016. (expected date of implementation of seventh CPC recommendations). This formulation will bring about complete parity of past pensioners with current retirees.
33. PENSIONERS – MINIMUM PENSION RS. 9000/-
(50% of the minimum pay recommended by the 7th CPC)
34. PENSIONERS – GRATUITY CEILING RAISED TO 20 LAKHS
35. PENSIONERS – FIXED MEDICAL ALLOWANCE (FMA) – NO CHANGE (RS. 500/-)
36. CGHS FACILITIES TO ALL POSTAL PENSIONERS RECOMMENDED
33 Postal dispensaries should be merged with CGHS
37. GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS (GDS) OF THE POSTAL DEPARTMENT DEMAND FOR CIVIL SERVANTS STATUS REJECTED
Recommendation: - The committee carefully considered the demand for treating the Gramin Dak Sevaks as civil servants at par with other regular employees for all purposes, and noted the following:
(a) GDS are Extra-Departmental Agents recruited by Department of Posts to serve in rural areas.
(b) As per the Recruitment Rules the minimum educational qualification for recruitment to this post is class X.
(c) GDS are required to be on duty only for 4 to 5 hours a day under the terms and conditions of their service.
(d) The GDS are remunerated with Time Related continuity Allowance (TRCA) on the pattern of pay scales for regular Government employees plus DA on pro-rata basis.
(e) A GDS must have other means of income independent of his remuneration as a GDS to sustain himself and his family.
Government of India has so far held that GDS is outside the Civil Service of the Union and shall not claim to be at par with the Central Government Employees. The Supreme Court Judgment also states that GDS are only holder of Civil posts but not civilian employees. The Commission endorses this view and therefore has no recommendation with regard to GDS.